Apparently the latest scare story of the day is that elderly folk are getting pissed up.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of elderly people being treated for drinking problems in London, data suggests.
Figures compiled for BBC Inside Out London by the NHS Information Centre reveal over the past 10 years, there has been a 163% increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions for the over 65s.
Okay, at this point we pause to reflect on how these figures are amassed.
It’s largely a function of methodology. Alcohol-related admissions are calculated in such a way that if you are unlucky enough, say, to be involved in a fire and admitted to hospital for the treatment of your burns, it will count as 0.38 of an alcohol-related admission – unless you happen to be under 15, when it won’t count at all.
If you drown, it counts as 0.34 of an alcohol-related admission – though most people unlucky enough to drown aren’t admitted to hospital. Getting chilled to the bone (accidental excessive cold) counts for 0.25 of an admission, intentional self-harm to 0.20 per cent of an admission.
These fractions apply whether or not there was any evidence you had been drinking before these disasters befell you.
Yes, that’s right, you could be teetotal yet upon admission to hospital, your case is given a percentage towards alcohol related ailments. In other words, for those who prefer plain speaking, the whole thing is a lie.
Of course, this being the BBC, a reputable and reliable purveyor of truth and honesty, such as one would expect from an impartial national state funded broadcaster, this lie will be exposed further down the article, won’t it?
Or perhaps not, then.
Cross posted from Longrider blog.